FINAL: Bellevue 70, Union 47. And here’s the scary part: I don’t think Bellevue’s come anywhere close to playing its best game so far.
:32.6 left, 4thAs 3A state football player of the year Peter Nguyen steps to the line for free throws, it’s all over except for the handshakes.
2:51 left, 4th: All Bellevue now. Colton Christian has a huge dunk, followed by an Aaron Bright three-point play. Just like the state championship football game, Bellevue is dominating.
4:24 left, 4th: Now you know things are going Bellevue’s way. Colton Christian is fouled on a fastbreak, and the ball floats high above the basket … and then it falls in. 57-37 Bellevue.
5:04 left, 4th: Now Bellevue’s slowing it down, and it eventually finds Alex Schrempf for an easy lay-in, and he’s fouled. He misses the free throw. 55-37 Bellevue.
6:25 left, 4th Q: Aaron Bright makes a tricky jumper in the lane, and Bellevue leads 52-37. I’m a bit surprised how fast Bellevue is playinig with the lead, but Union’s pressure has something to do with that.
End 3rd quarter: Bellevue leads 46-33.
1:55 left, 3rd:It’s Skelton Time. He makes another three, and the lead is down to 44-30.
3:20 left, 3rd: Skelton makes another three-pointer, but Bellevue’s still pulling away, now ahead 43-27.
4:33 left, 3rd: Bright notw has six points after a three-pointer, but Union comes right back with a Caden Skelton three-pointer. That said, right now Bellevue’s not letting up.
6:12 left, 3rd: Aaron Bright gets a steal, takes it in for a layup and gets fouled. He makes the free-throw. Bellevue 32, Union 19. Those were Bright’s first points tonight.
Some halftime stats: Colton Christian leads Bellevue with 8 points and 5 rebounds; Chris Morgan leads Union with 10 points. The interesting stats I’ve seen are that Union is just 6-of-21 shooting and Bellevue is outrebounding Union 22-15. Four Bellevue players have two fouls.
GIRLS UPDATE: Shadle Park has just beaten Prairie 52-39 to advance to the semifinals. Also, because Meadowdale’s boys and girls both advance to the semifinals, the girls’ game has been moved to 8:30 so that Maverick fans can catch both games.
Halftime: Bellevue 28, Union 17. Union finishes the half with straight points, as several Bellevue players sat with foul trouble at the end. If you’re Bellevue, you’re probably thinking there were still several points you left on the court. After one half, the Wolverines have had no problem running with the Titans. We’ll see how the second half goes.
:59 left, 2nd: Union has cut the lead to 13, 28-15, with four straight points.
3:05 left, 2nd: Union’s Mitch Saylor went down with what originally looked like a severe knee injury. But he walked off on his own power. Good news for a D-1 football recruit.
3:51 left, 2nd: Cam Warren makes a pair of free throws to put Bellevue ahead 26-9. Union has definitely not been happy about a few calls so far.
6:05 left, 2nd: Bellevue takes a 21-8 lead, and speaking of Bellevue, where exactly are the Wolverines fans? Not a strong showing. I don’t see a single Bellevue student standing behind me.
End 1st quarter: Bellevue leads 17-6, and Union has several issues it’s going to have to figure out. First, Bellevue’s size is really paying off. Christian has eight points and Alex Schrempf has two more. And then you have the fact that Bellevue is breaking the Union pressure so well, that’s going to make this an uphill climb for the Titans.
1:23 left, 1st: An unconventional four-point play for Bellevue, which is really rolling up 17-4. Colton Christian makes a jumper, Union is called for a hold under the basket, so Bellevue gets the ball back and Christina hits another jumper.
2:50 left, 1st: Union is on the board, after a nice dispy-do lay-up by Chris Morgan, but Locke answer’s right back. Bellevue’s ahead 13-2.
3:38 left, 1st: Big moment for Union here. Bellevue just took an 11-0 lead on Alex Locke’s three-pointer, and the Titans take a timeout to try and figure some things out.
5:11 left, 1st: Bellevue’s Alex Schrempf pokes loose a steal and takes it down for a lay-in. Bellevue’s ahead 6-0.
6:18 left, 1st quarter: Bellevue leads 4-0, as both teams are trying to find their way early on. Colton Christian just had a nice putback for Bellevue.
The Bellevue and Union teams are finishing up warmups, with about five minutes until tipoff of the third quarterfinal today. If you’re checking your watch, yeah, we’re a little behind. About an hour or so. When you’re talking about the state tournament, this is nothing new.
Meadowdale just got down holding foff Enumclaw, 47-41. And on the girls side, Shadle Park has a 21-19 lead on Prairie at halftime.